Monthly Archives: March 2016

Carb Queen (paleo pizza crust)

IMG_8419I used to be the bread and pasta queen. Ask my family. Pasta was my go-to meal at home and out at restaurants. Bread was my best friend. Pizza was too.

90% of the time my breakfast consisted of a toasted English muffin. No egg or protein, just a buttered, toasted muffin and a chai tea latte. (Carbs and sugar) Lunch was usually pizza or some pasta or a sandwich with thick, fluffy, white bread, often times it was fast food with a soda. (Again, carbs and sugar) If I was cooking dinner it was probably one of my 5 rotating meals: tacos, tuna casserole, spaghetti,goulash or some other pasta casserole type dish. Pretty much pasta with garlic bread for a side every night. (Except when my husband cooked) and we almost always had dessert so we would end the day with carbs, and sugar.When I really stop and think about that, it’s a miracle that I wasn’t overweight. Carbs and sugar. That’s what I ate. Always.

When I started eating paleo I learned some really easy ways to skip the carbs. I started by replacing hamburger buns with lettuce. I order sandwiches as lettuce wraps too. Pasta is replaced with spiralized veggies, like zucchini. Spaghetti squash is an awesome pasta replacement too. Replacing sodas with water and having a little bit of dark chocolate for dessert help too. Honestly, I don’t miss the bread and pasta that much. There are lots of ways to satisfy the pasta cravings with healthy replacements.

I do have to be honest and tell you that I do miss pizza though. We used to order pizza about once a week. If I had to chose I’d say pizza is/was my favorite food.

We have tried a bunch of paleo pizza crust recipes over the past 20 months. Cauliflower pizza crust is good but it just isn’t close enough to the original. I’ve made a couple almond flour pizza crusts. Also good, just not quite right. I’ve ordered packaged paleo pizza mix that you just add egg and oil to. Still not my favorite. I recently tried the pizza crust recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo cookbook. It is so stinkin good! I swear that girl’s recipes are ALL amazing! My little paleojr says it’s his favorite and that we don’t need to try anymore recipes. 🙂 I would have to agree with him. The main ingredient is tapioca flour. The texture and flavor are great. I love it. And it’s really easy.

Obviously you shouldn’t eat paleo baked goods all the time. The point of paleo is to eat meats, veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit, whole foods. Baked goods should be a treat. I make pizza about every two weeks. I’d say we have paleo tortillas or flatbread once a week, maybe. I often make cauliflower flatbread though. It’s literally eggs, cauliflower and spices. That’s it. Simple and healthy.

I wasn’t planning to share that recipe but I’ll give you a bonus recipe tonight because the cauliflower flatbread could be a game changer for some of you out there 🙂

It’s one head of cauliflower, riced, then microwaved for 10 mins.

Then stir in 3 eggs and add whatever spices you like. I used salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and basil.

Spread onto a parchment lined sheet and bake at 400 for 25 mins. Check and bake for 5 more if necessary. If you chose to eat dairy you could sprinkle a little grass fed cheese on top before baking too! Yum!

Paleo Pizza Crust by Paleomg

Paleo Pizza Crust by Paleomg

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a med mixing bowl whisk together eggs, coconut milk, and olive oil
  4. In a large mixing bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into dry and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the dough onto lined baking sheet and spread with a silicone spatula. Dough will fluff during baking, so make the dough as flat and even as possible.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is cooked through in the middle. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding toppings as desired. Add toppings then bake an additional 10-12 mins.
  7. Enjoy!
Powered by Zip Recipes
http://paleostories.com/357-2/

#trysomethingnew (Paleo Chicken Carbonara Casserole)

Oh my, it has been months sice my last post! Paleo Jr keeps tabs on my page, and he has notified me numerous times that I haven’t blogged since October. OCTOBER!?! Wow, I guess I’ve been distracted. (especially if my 8 year old noticed)

So, Starting today, I’m getting back on track!

Let’s get all caught up!

We had a nice Thanksgiving with my family. Lots of teenagers and a few adults. I brought roasted brussel sprouts with bacon and they were delicious! Its a nom nom paleo recipe and we make them all the time. My 12 year old nephew would go back for thirds if they were available. Honestly, I would too! I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

December is always crazy busy in retail. I do displays so we spend months decorating the store. It’s fun and exhausting all at the same time. I did have a very nice Christmas though. My hubby and little one spoiled me. I mostly stayed on my paleo track. I did have a couple of my mom’s famous christmas cookies, but I jumped right back on the wagon. lol!

On to New Years….Not quite what we expected. My Grandma, who I am very close to was diagnosed with Bone Cancer. She moved in with my parents and started visiting a doctor at Stanford. The past few months have been a crazy roller coaster ride. Lots of ups and downs, lots of tests and procedures, and lots of prayers later, her new, final diagnosis is Non Hodgkins Marginal Lymphoma, and she doesn’t even need treatment, unless it becomes bothersome to her. Such great news! I have been praising God daily for this blessing.

So, in between the highs and lows we have been eating a lot of paleo food! I started a new thing and I’m calling it #trysomethingnew I want to try a new recipe each week so that I can add to our dinner rotation. We have our favorites like chicken bacon rice bowls, pizza spaghetti pie, and of course, paleo pizza, but its always nice to try something new 🙂

This week I really went for it with my #trysomethingnew  I made a recipe with an ingredient that I REALLY do not like. Artichokes! YUCK! There really was no way to leave them out, so I went for it. Luckily I did because it was DELICIOUS!! The recipe is from Juli Bower’s Paleo Cookbook. If you don’t have the book, I highly recommend it. The recipe is very similar to pizza spaghetti pie so I had a feeling it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations! Hope you enjoy it too!

#trysomethingnew (Paleo Chicken Carbonara Casserole)

#trysomethingnew (Paleo Chicken Carbonara Casserole)

Ingredients

  • 1 med spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 lb bacon, sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14oz can) artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 lb cooked chicken (I used a plain rotisserie)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 large eggs, whisked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half and place cut side down onto baking sheet. bake for 30-35 mins.
  3. Remove the squash and lower temp to 350
  4. Grease 8x8 glass dish with olive oil
  5. Let the squash cool for 5 mins then, using a fork, remove the threads into the baking dish
  6. In a large saute pan cook the bacon on med heat until crispy then remove to a paper towel
  7. Remove some of the bacon fat, leaving behind about 1/4 cup in the pan.
  8. Cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 mins, then add the artichokes, chicken, spinach, garlic powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for 3-4 mins.
  9. Add the chicken mixture and bacon into the spaghetti squash threads.
  10. Add in the whisked eggs and stir until you can no longer see the egg.
  11. Bake for 1 hour or until the top forms a crust.
  12. Cool for 5 mins before serving.
  13. Enjoy!
Powered by Zip Recipes
http://paleostories.com/trysomethingnew-chicken-carbonara-casserole/